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New Orleans Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

Savor the Big Easy: New Orleans Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

Stuffed bell peppers are a classic dish that can be found in various cuisines around the world. In New Orleans, this recipe takes on a unique flavor profile, incorporating ingredients like shrimp, crab meat, and Creole seasoning. Here’s how to make delicious New Orleans-style stuffed bell peppers right in your own kitchen.


  • 7 to 8 large to medium-sized Bell Peppers
  • 3 Pounds ground beef
  • 2 Pounds small Louisiana Shrimp
  • 1/2 Pound diced ham
  • 1/2 Pound Real Crab meat
  • Salted butter
  • Plain breadcrumbs
  • Seasonings:
    • 1 Yellow onion
    • Celery
    • 1 Green Bell Pepper
    • Garlic
    • Dried Thyme
    • Salt
    • Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning
    • Onion powder
    • Garlic powder
    • Cayenne Pepper

Preparation of Bell Peppers

  1. Wash the bell peppers thoroughly and cut off the tops.
  2. Remove the seeds and membranes from the inside.

Preparing the Filling

  1. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef until browned.
  2. Add diced ham and cook until slightly browned.
  3. Stir in chopped onions, celery, green bell pepper, and minced garlic.
  4. Add in the shrimp and crab meat, cooking until shrimp turns pink.
  5. Season the mixture with dried thyme, salt, Creole seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
  6. Mix in breadcrumbs to bind the filling together.

Seasoning and Flavoring

  • Adjust seasoning according to taste preferences.
  • Add a knob of salted butter for richness.

Stuffing the Peppers

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Fill each bell pepper with the prepared filling, packing it tightly.
  3. Place the stuffed peppers in a baking dish.

Baking Instructions

  1. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until peppers are tender and filling is heated through.

Serving Suggestions

  • Garnish with chopped parsley or green onions.
  • Serve hot with a side of rice or crusty bread.

Storage and Reheating

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Substitute ground turkey or chicken for beef.
  • Use different seafood such as crawfish or scallops.
  • Add diced tomatoes or tomato sauce for extra moisture.

Health Benefits

  • Bell peppers are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • Shrimp and crab meat provide lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Incorporating vegetables like onions and celery adds fiber and essential nutrients.

History of Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers have roots in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, with variations found across Europe and the Americas. In New Orleans, the dish evolved to include local seafood and Creole spices, reflecting the city’s diverse culinary heritage.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Can I use other types of peppers for this recipe?
    • While bell peppers are traditional, you can experiment with poblano peppers or even jalapenos for a spicier version.
  2. Can I make this dish vegetarian?
    • Yes, you can omit the meat and seafood and use a mixture of rice, beans, and vegetables for the filling.
  3. Is Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning necessary?
    • It adds authentic flavor, but you can substitute with Cajun seasoning or your favorite spice blend.
  4. Can I freeze stuffed bell peppers?
    • Yes, you can freeze them before baking for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before baking as directed.
  5. What side dishes pair well with stuffed bell peppers?
    • Rice, mashed potatoes, or a simple green salad complement the flavors of the dish nicely.


New Orleans-style stuffed bell peppers are a savory delight that brings together the rich flavors of meat, seafood, and spices. Whether enjoyed as a main course or a hearty side dish, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings for classic Creole cuisine.

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Laura J. Boss

Meet Laura J. Boss, a passionate blogger and cooking enthusiast who loves to experiment with different recipes and cuisines from around the world. Born and raised in a small town, I grew up watching my mother cook and developed a keen interest in the art of cooking from an early age.After completing my education, I decided to pursue my passion for cooking and started my own food blog. My blog features a wide range of recipes, from traditional family favorites to fusion dishes that I have created myself. My blog has gained a huge following, with many of my readers trying out my recipes and sharing their own cooking experiences.When I am not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. I believe that food is an important part of every culture, and love to learn about new ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world.Through my blog, I aim to inspire and encourage others to cook and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. I believe that cooking is not just about making delicious meals, but also about sharing love and creating memories with family and friends.Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, my blog has something for everyone. So why not give my recipes a try and discover the joy of cooking for yourself?